PACJA WEEK OF ACTION
- 11.18.2018 8:30 am - 11.24.2018 6:00 pm
- Ann Mwende
The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1 -3). The conference will also include the 49th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the seventh part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-7).
The conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP) and the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue, with the opening of the dialogue and ministerial roundtables to be held on 11th December.
Other mandated events that will take place in Katowice include: the sixth facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process; multilateral assessment working group session under the international assessment and review process; review of the work of the improved forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures; a workshop on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture; and the Nairobi work programme (NWP) Focal Point Forum on the theme of ‘Economic Diversification.’
KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF ENGAGEMENTS SINCE COP 23
Following COP 23 that was held in Bonn, Germany, countries have engaged in different fora with the ambition to facilitate implementation of Paris Agreement and SDG 13 on climate action. The Intercessional (SB48) that took place in Bonn Germany in May and a follow up session in Bangkok held in September shaped the discussion on various issues within the Paris Agreement and climate change work. Outcomes of the two sessions are highlighted as follows:
On the Paris rule book. Progress in text negotiations remained uneven during the Bangkok session however there was clarity established on negotiating positions and options. Bangkok session brought some coherence to this textual chaos. Many groups including AGN significantly streamlined the text and options.
On the Talanoa dialogue. COP 23 presidency launched the Talanoa dialogue. A dialogue process designed around three questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Parties and stakeholders shared stories that will inform a synthesis report to be presented at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in December 2018.
On climate finance. Article 9.5, which specifies that developed countries shall communicate quantitative and qualitative information related to the financial resources they intend to provide in the future, was discussed in both the SBI and the APA. Developing countries continued to call for new, additional, and predictable finance that would enable them to undertake sustainable development.
On differentiation. This discussions centered on burden sharing in the collective effort to reduce emissions, given countries’ different historical responsibilities for the problem and capacities to address it. Developed and developing countries disagreed about how, or even whether, the Paris Agreement evolves this debate. The Agreement is relatively vague on the expectations for some developing countries, particularly emerging economies. As countries write operational guidebooks for how to interpret and apply the Agreement’s provisions, they must collectively clarify these ambiguities.
In 2018 PACJA also organized a number of consultative meetings and processed that focused on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Talanoa dialogue. These include National Post COP consultative meetings in 8 countries, one regional CSO consultative workshop on Post COP 23, Post SB 48 consultative workshop, national workshop on NDCs and Talanoa dialogue, EALA consultative dialogue and the Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa. The key issues highlighted by CSOs in Africa on implementation of the Paris Agreement are:-
- Enhancing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and action through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), NAPs is imperative
- Inadequate levels of public climate finance, limited access to adaptation finance with growing imbalance between mitigation and adaptation finance are of great concern
- There is need to enhance the gender agenda in climate change discourse with implementation of gender responsive climate actions and the championing of youth engagement,-
- There is need to broaden the pool of experts to be included in the UNFCCC roster of experts in Africa to facilitate effective dialogue and negotiations
- Institutional strengthening forms an important aspect of capacity development for implementation actions.
- There is dire need for evidence generation mainly in adaptation to support evidence-based decision making process
- Africa needs to align her investment decisions within a low-carbon development climate resilient pathway with supportive technology for sustainability
PACJA’S‘ WEEK OF ACTION 2018’
PACJA’s “Week of Action” is an Africa-wide annual initiative conducted in selected countries and capitals and aimed at mobilizing and stimulating actions and reinforcing efforts to exercise the power of collective action ahead of COPs. Since 2009, the initiative has linked actions from local to national and international levels, progressively increased the number of people mobilized, expanded the numbers of countries and communities partnering, raised the scale, intensity and boldness of our actions, and enhanced our strength and power to contribute in the best way possible the prevention of planetary catastrophe. This year the Week of Action will be held from 18th to 24th November 2018.
WHERE AND WHO CAN CONDUCT ACTIVITIES
Organizations and individuals from grassroots to the national level in various countries across Africa will take part in the activity based on their contexts and priorities. In the spirit of voluntarism and self-help, as well as partnerships witnessed over years, we encourage organizers of activities to be as innovative as much as possible in mobilizing resources for these actions. Activities can include but not limited to:-
- Rallies, marches or other forms of action – in schools, communities, workplaces, public spaces.
- Letters/petitions to policy-makers and negotiators
- Electronic messages through new media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
- Press conferences, forums, National stakeholder dialogues/meetings
- Public Lectures
- Petitions to political leaders
- Roundtable national discussions/dialogues
- Teleconferences/Skype discussions between African civil society and their northern allies
- Clean up campaigns with themed messaged on climate change
- Tree Planting activities with themed messaged on climate change
- Children’s games, skits, songs and drama with themed messages on climate change
- Writing newspaper articles in the local dailies on climate change and the upcoming COP
- Radio and/ T.V talk shows on climate change and the upcoming COP
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
We encourage all National Platforms to take part in at least one event being organized in your country; in this way you will be part of the movement which seeks to hand the future generation a habitable planet. You can contact PACJA secretariat directly through the addresses listed above, or you can contact focal points leading activities in your country, which will be shared in due course. You or your organization may want to organize an activity independently. We welcome any effort that will add a voice into this drive. Please inform us and we will be ready to work with you at any level. ‘
WHAT ARE THE CONTACTS FOR RAPID RESPONSE?
The PACJA continental secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya will be working round the calendar to ensure that your enquiries are responded to promptly. In addition, focal points at national level will work with concerned people to ensure that activities planned run without hindrance.
Please contact the PACJA Secretariat Team via the contacts below
Senior Programmes Management Officer
Communication and Knowledge Management Officer